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H.R. 2476: Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 10, 2019 (Passed the House).

Summary of this bill

Following a string of mass shootings at churches, synagogues, and mosques in the past few years, should the government do more to beef up security at such locations?

Context

26 attendees died in a 2017 mass shooting at a Texas church. 11 attendees died in a 2018 mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Nine parishioners died in a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church. 51 people died in May’s mass shooting at a New Zealand mosque.

While federal facilities are extremely well-protected, so-called “soft targets” such as houses of worship are another story. Should the federal government be helping to protect more of those as well?

What ...


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2476

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide funding to secure nonprofit facilities from terrorist attacks, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019.

2.

Nonprofit security grant program

(a)

In general

Subtitle A of title XX of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

2009.

Nonprofit security grant program

(a)

Establishment

There is established in the Department a program to be known as the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (in this section referred to as the Program). Under the Program, the Secretary, acting through the Administrator, shall make grants to eligible nonprofit organizations described in subsection (b), through the State in which such organizations are located, for target hardening and other security enhancements to protect against terrorist attacks.

(b)

Eligible recipients

Eligible nonprofit organizations described in this subsection (a) are organizations that are—

(1)

described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code; and

(2)

determined to be at risk of a terrorist attack by the Administrator.

(c)

Permitted uses

The recipient of a grant under this section may use such grant for any of the following uses:

(1)

Target hardening activities, including physical security enhancement equipment and inspection and screening systems.

(2)

Fees for security training relating to physical security and cybersecurity, target hardening, terrorism awareness, and employee awareness.

(3)

Any other appropriate activity, including cybersecurity resilience activities, as determined by the Administrator.

(d)

Period of performance

The Administrator shall make funds provided under this section available for use by a recipient of a grant for a period of not less than 36 months.

(e)

Report

The Administrator shall annually for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024 submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report containing information on the expenditure by each grant recipient of grant funds made under this section.

(f)

Authorization of appropriations

(1)

In general

There is authorized to be appropriated $75 million for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024 to carry out this section.

(2)

Specification

Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated pursuant to paragraph (1)—

(A)

$50 million is authorized for eligible recipients located in jurisdictions that receive funding under section 2003; and

(B)

$25 million is authorized for eligible recipients in jurisdictions not receiving funding under section 2003.

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(b)

Conforming amendment

Subsection (a) of section 2002 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 603) is amended by striking sections 2003 and 2004 and inserting sections 2003, 2004, and 2009.

(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2008 the following new item:

Sec. 2009. Nonprofit security grant program.

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Passed the House of Representatives June 10, 2019.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.